Foundation Files / L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation

LOreal-Infallible-Pro-Matte-Foundation-24HRThe new L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation. It’s been making waves and capturing people’s hearts in the U.S. and now it’s just making it’s way onto Australian shores. I picked up a tube while I was in the U.S. as I was well and truly ready to give in to the hype and considering how much cheaper L’Oreal foundations are in the U.S. compared to Australia ($29.99AUD compared to $12.99USD although I think you get less product), it was well worth adding to my basket. I’ve been wearing it a stack over the last couple of weeks and thought it was about time I added my thoughts to the Foundation Files.


Finish/Coverage – Although I’m normally all about the dewy base, I’ve been really loving the satiny matte finish that this foundation gives. Although it’s matte it still manages to look fairly luminous or ‘lit from within’, as cliché as that sounds. It’s not uncomfortable on the skin, it, in fact, feels as if I’m not wearing any foundation at all. It’s perfect for oily girls who need the oil control but can also be used by those with dry skin if they use a decent hydrating primer underneath. A little goes a long with when buffing this one into the skin, starting at a medium coverage, but it’s buildable to a fuller coverage if desired.

Application – Although in my mind I expect matte foundations to be thick and difficult to work with, the Infallible Matte is a creamy consistency that buffs into the skin with ease. Personally, I’ve been buffing it in before going over it with a sponge and I’ve been really impressed with how flawless my skin has been looking (well, ignoring the hormonal breakouts that are making an appearance on my forehead). It’s important to work in thin layers to ensure that it doesn’t go cakey on the skin, as I can imagine that it could cause issues for those with dry patches.

Colour – I picked up the shade 101 Classic Ivory in the States but I think they have a different range in Australia. This one is just a teeny bit too dark and yellow-toned for my natural skin but I make it work.


Wear – I’ve been lightly setting the foundation with powder, more out of habit than necessity, and as you can expect from this matte formula, I’ve found that it wears for a really decent amount of time on my skin. Although I’m not expecting it to last the 24 hours that it claims on the tube, I’ve been very happy with how my foundation looks after 12 hours of wear. It’s sometimes slightly worn on the areas that foundation tends to vanish on me (along the chin and around my nose) but on the whole I’m still looking pretty good by the time I wash my makeup off.

Dry skin? If you have a good hydrating primer in your stash and spray a setting spray to finish off, this foundation could totally work for you as long as you’re careful to work in thin layers on drier patches.
Normal/combination or oily skin?  This foundation is a great pick for those of you wanting a matte finish foundation with some oil controlling properties thrown in too. It’ll do a good job when it comes to controlling oil, especially if it’s set with a powder.

In the end, I’ve been impressed with this foundation from my first application. It’s not one that I’d reach for every day because I personally enjoy a slightly dewier complexion but when I get the urge for matte skin, when I’m feeling a little oily or when I need a foundation that will last, I’ll make sure to reach for this one.

Make sure to let me know in the comments if you liked the way that this review was set out and whether it made it easier for you guys to read and get information out of!
Have you tried out this foundation yet? Do you like a matte finish foundation?

  • Nat

    I’m thinking of trying this one but the $30 price tag is too steep in Australia! I’d rather add a bit more money and get MAC!

  • Glad to hear it seems to be a good foundation! I have dry skin and am currently looking for something a bit dewier, so will give this a miss. The shade looks like it’ll match me though o_o

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  • Brianna

    Ooh, this sounds really interesting! I’ve never tried a matte foundation – I thought the same thing as you, that it would be really thick and hard go apply.
    I liked the way you set out this review, it made it very easy to read!
    Brianna ||

    • I’m glad you liked how I set it out, thank you for the feedback! This could be a good first matte foundation to try out 🙂

  • This sounds really, really, really good!

    Katina |

  • I picked this up and I haven’t been blown away but I think that’s due to the intense hype it’s receiving! Totally agree on it feeling super lightweight. I like the finish and can totally make it more dewy with a primer and setting spray. It does still cling to my dry, flaky areas though – but most foundations do! Lasting power is great too! 🙂

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Yeah, it’s hard to see through all of that hype! I’m super impressed with the lasting power but I can imagine that it could be a little clingy on dry patches :/

  • Owh wow! I am sold! I might try this foundation when my Nars runs out 🙂

    Hana | Bold-Expression

  • Ah, I totally understand that feeling – it’s always the case 🙁 I find the Tarte Amazonian Clay Liquid Foundation quite similar so that could be worth a try? 🙂

  • Melanie Cutler

    I love L’Oreal products will definitely be trying this foundation out,was wondering is that a L’Oreal foundation brush in the picture?Or would you happen to know a good type of foundation type buffing brush for this makeup?:)

    • The brush in the pic is by Zoeva, the Silk Finish Face Brush which is really lovely. Another favourite is the Real Techniques Buffing Brush from the Core Collection 🙂 This foundation also works great with a Beauty Blender or sponge kind of thing! 🙂

      • Melanie Cutler

        Thanks a Bunch Ms.Ash!:)

        • My pleasure, hope it helped!

          • Melanie Cutler

            Yes it did Ms.Ash,I’m actually checking out the Real Techniques Brush Kits on,Lol…Thanks again, take care!:)

          • iHerb has them for really cheap too if you’re still having a look 🙂

  • I love this stuff! I like that it’s matte but not flat – skin looks like skin. Great review!

    Daniela x |

  • Ah, so frustrating and strange – I’d of thought L’Oreal would be all over the place.